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Supreme Court rules that Bolsonaro should be investigated over vote fraud claims

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that President Jair Bolsonaro should be investigated for claims that voter fraud has plagued the country’s voting system.

Bolsonaro attacked the country’s electronic voting system to which he claimed is plagued with fraud and that there will be no elections held next year if it isn’t overhauled.

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The Brazilian president has been a strong critic of the electronic voting system, stating that the absence of paper printouts of votes makes it easier to cheat.

The Supreme Court was asked by the Superior Electoral Court to issue the ruling, to which the Supreme Court agreed.

Justice Alexander de Moraes ruled that Bolsonaro, who has criticised electronic voting since 1996, should face investigation for slander and inciting criminal acts for his unfounded claims of vote fraud.

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The Superior Electoral Court will be investigating Bolsonaro for abuse of office, improper use of official communication channels, corruption, fraud, as well as other potential crimes.

Bolsonaro’s popularity has been decreasing in Brazil with many people taking aim at his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In response to the electoral court’s investigation, Bolsonaro stated, “I refuse to be intimidated,” while telling his supporters outside the presidential palace, “I’m going to continue exercising my right to freedom of expression, to criticize, to listen to and above all answer to the will of the people,”.

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